Banning Islam in Angola and dropping Holocaust Teaching in Britain are lies.

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Banning Islam in
Angola and dropping Holocaust Teaching in Britain are lies.


November 25, 2013. Dallas, Texas – In behalf of the World Muslim Congress and
the Foundation for Pluralism, Mike Ghouse released the following note today.
Both the organizations are committed to building cohesive societies where no
human has to live in fear of the other

A mosque and a minaret were shown torn down in Angola, they
were pictures from 2008 Palestine and elsewhere, but not Angola
Muslim students in UK falsely ascribed as offended with Holocaust teaching.
Eight years ago, there was a rumor that Iran was making the lives of Bahá’ís,
Zoroastrians and Jews miserable, a bunch of us interfaith guys in Dallas, wrote
a petition and send off the letters. One of our friends from San Francisco
called his friend, a Jewish Member of the Parliament in Iran,  and found out that it
was a hoax. Of course, Iran has made life difficult for people of other faiths
including the harassment and pending death penalty for Pastor Naderkhani on the
count of Apostasy, an un-Islamic practice in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
This goes against the God given freedom in Quran 2:256, “Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth
stands out clear from Error.”

Five years ago Fox News’ Maria Arita in Dallas called me up to inquire about
the Muslim push to ban Holocaust education in France – thank God, for
authenticity, I called my Jewish friends Bernie Mayoff and Dallas Holocaust
Museum director, late Elliott Dlin, who verified that it was indeed a hoax.  Thanks to
Maria for killing that rumor. I wish all Fox News reporters followed that
example, imagine the damage it would have done to the fragile Jewish-Muslim relationship.

A few months ago, and again now, the rumor has it that the “Islamists” want to drop
the teaching of Holocaust in UK, with an emphasis that it offends Muslim students.
 In fact the examiner headlines, “British
schools drop Holocaust from history lessons so as not to offend Muslims.” That is a lie again,

Now yesterday,
the big bad news made headlines – that Angola has banned Islam and dismantling
Mosques (
Then I read another item where a Moroccan Muslim insurance tycoon has invested
in Angola, those two contradictory news items did not make any sense. Now comes
the news, after someone verified with the Angolan Embassy – that the news
is not true ( I have not been unable to log on to a
few websites, nor am I able to reach the Embassy. I will pursue it until I know the absolute facts.  I have called on Russian Embassy when they
attempted to Ban Bhagvad Gita or Italian Embassy when a nutty Italian Mayor
attempted to ban celebrations of Ganesh (Hindu) Festival. 

A few brutes are
happy that Islam was banned in Angola, and some of the thrill seekers will be
happier if Muslims in Angola are massacred. Of course, there are an equal
number of creeps among Muslims who might be thinking of hurting Angola. We pray
that God gives us a heart to feel the pain of others, an eye for an eye will
makes us all blind, as Mahatma Gandhi had said. No Muslim is supposed to take his own or others life, yet we have loonies who do that. Of course there are equal number of Hindus, Jews and Christians violate the teachings of their faith.  

To de-stereotype ourselves, consider these numbers. New York had 1,092 Rapes in
2011, and 515 Murders. Is it fair to proclaim that the New Yorkers are rapists and
murderers? That is exactly what these dummies are telling by calling Muslims
are terrorists, and all the terrorists are Muslims. Indeed, all the 515
Murderers were New Yorkers.  This
non-sense defies common sense.

These lies do a
lot of damage, some of the right wingers continue with with mal-intent to make
villains out of Muslims. Remember, “Injustice to one is injustice to all”
(MLK). For you to live without apprehension, the people around you need must be free from your ill-will as well.

I expected Sean Hannity to call me and debate with Pamela Geller or Brigitte
Gabriel, who are probably happy to see Muslims getting stripped from their fundamental
human rights.  A true human rights
activist would stand up for the rights of all humanity, no matter who it
is.  I know Hannity would speak up
against it as he has spoken against the stupidity of Pastor Terry Jones.  

When I heard the news, my first response was
to take a deep breath and meditate.  Is
this the kind of world we want, where no human feels safe to eat, drink, wear
and believe whatever he or she wants to believe? It comes in the heels of
another event that does the opposite, gives a sense of security to a people who
lived in perpetual anxiety for over three millenniums; the Jews with the
Iranian deal.  What needs to be done
about it? How would Pope Francis, Aga Khan, Bishop Tutu and true to God religious
leaders would deal with this. What is the guidance from Jesus, Muhammad, Gandhi, MLK
and others? I will be writing the full report in a few days. 


Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker and a
writer on pluralism, politics, peace, Islam, Israel, India, interfaith, and cohesion at work
place. He is committed to building a Cohesive America and offers
pluralistic solutions on issues of the day at He believes in
Standing up for others
and has done that throughout his life as an activist. Mike has a presence on
national and local TV, Radio and Print Media. He is a frequent guest on Sean Hannity show on
Fox TV, and a commentator on national radio networks, he contributes weekly to
the Texas Faith Column at Dallas
Morning News
; fortnightly at Huffington post; and
several other periodicals across the world. His personal site indexes all his work
through many links.

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